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RIP Wes Craven

In sad news, Wes Craven passed away at the age of 76, after a long battle with brain cancer. Though perhaps not as recognisable a name as contemporaries George A. Romero and John Carpenter, Craven was just as influential. In 1984, he directed A Nightmare on Elm Street, still one of the scariest films ever made over thirty years on. His best was yet to come however; Scream, released in 1996, changed the landscape of horror cinema forever. It’s arch, self-referential dialogue and perfect blend of gore and humour paved the way for just about every ‘meta’ horror film to come. Fan of The Cabin in the Woods, Shaun of the Dead, or Tucker and Dale vs. Evil? You have Wes Craven to thank.

Wes Craven was an immense talent and an iconic name in horror cinema. His early films, The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes, both received highly successful modern remakes, and he kept up the pace right up until the end of his life; 2002’s Red Eye, for example, was a terrific thriller that first introduced the world to the talents of Cillian Murphy. The loss of Wes Craven’s talent and vision is a tough day for horror cinema. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Wes Craven

RIP Wes Craven

1939-2015

By Harry Ford

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